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Postdoc Positions in Ecological Macroeconomics

Two 3-year Postdoc Positions in Ecological Macroeconomics at the University of Barcelona

We are looking for two postdoctoral researchers to work on an exciting new Horizon Europe project entitled “Towards a Sustainable Well-being Economy: Integrated Policies and Transformative Indicators”.

The two postdoctoral researchers will help develop a novel ecological macroeconomic model that will include a wide range of indicators of human well-being and environmental sustainability, in addition to conventional macroeconomic variables. The indicators to be modelled will draw upon the “Doughnut” of social and planetary boundaries. The model will be used to assess different policy packages aimed at achieving a sustainable post-growth economy.

We anticipate that one position will focus on a well-being module for the model, and the other a sustainability module, although the exact arrangement will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidates.

Person Specification:

Successful candidates must have:

  • A PhD in an area such as ecological economics, environmental studies, natural/social sciences, or engineering. (Note: PhD must be completed before start date.)
  • Expertise in one or more of the following quantitative methods: numerical simulation models, input–output analysis, or statistical methods.
  • Knowledge of one or more computer programming languages.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Good time management.


Other desirable skills include:

  • Knowledge of post-growth research topics (e.g. human well-being, planetary boundaries, provisioning systems).
  • Experience with existing ecological macroeconomic models (e.g. EuroGreen, LowGrow SFC, PyMedeas).


The two positions will be in the Faculty of Economics, at the University of Barcelona (Spain), under the supervision of Dan O’Neill, Federico Demaria, and Jordi Solé. The gross salary will be 30,000 to 35,000 euros per year, depending on the experience of the candidate.

The project will start on 1 March 2023, and run for three years. Successful candidates are expected to start between 1 March and 1 June 2023.

Please send applications directly to Dan O’Neill (d.oneill@leeds.ac.uk) and Federico Demaria (federicodemaria@gmail.com). Applications must be received by Monday, 16 January 2023, 23:59 CET. Please include your CV and a cover letter that explains your motivation for applying and how your skills match the Person Specification. Note that candidates who previously submitted an expression of interest must still submit an application.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates are anticipated to be held online during the week of 23–27 January.

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